PLENTY of action in the Pacific Ocean at the moment with cyclones, pumping waves in Tahiti and even some rare gold along our coastline with some fun barrelling waves along the coast.
Billy Kean currently in Tahiti for a Pro Junior event wouldn’t have believed his luck with perfect four-to-six foot right hand barrels embracing some of the most beautiful islands in the world.
At the time of writing this column Kean was fighting it out in the quarter finals after recording a perfect 10 in his round of 16 heat and he will be pumped up to hopefully climb further up the Pro Junior ratings than his current ranking of number seven.
It would be good to see him win it as it will breathe new confidence into his surfing at this level and into the World Qualifying series for the future years ahead.
* LOCAL surfers Shaun Cansdell, Jayke Sharp, Madison Williams and Heath Joske unfortunately had a set of results in Western Australia during the Margaret River Drug Aware Pro that they will no doubt want to forget about fairly quickly and will look forward to a fresh start in next week’s Tasmania World Qualifying Series event.
* The 2009 World Longboard Champ Harley Ingelby was up at the Noosa Surfing Festival where the Emerald Beach local was surfing for the first time as the World Champion.
Unfortunately he was starved for waves and finished behind a red hot local in Josh Constable and was knocked out of the event.
Even though he didn’t win it would’ve been nice to clean the cobwebs out for him and to understand some of the pressure that goes with the territory of everybody wanting to wipe the floor with the best in the world.
Harley’s defence to his world title will start later in the year so no bruises will be felt from this event.
* Locally I have witnessed plenty of waves this week and personally feel like a grommet again as it has been a good six week period of waves and this weekend looks like another good one with three to four foot waves out of the north with light winds varying from NW-NE.
Wind predictions are only up to 10 knots which could prove to be a great weekend on the northern protected points and open beaches early.
I do not think the early reports of huge waves will reach us in Coffs this weekend although you never know but be surprised if you see it over six feet.
* The Coopers Coffs Harbour Boardriders Clubs March event is on this Sunday at Diggers with competitors meeting at 7.00am and SuperGroms at 12.00pm sign on for a 12.30pm start and any more 40’s and over surfers wishing to surf in a social division will be welcomed and anyone else from any age from 6 years and up will be catered for.
Any unpaid members will have to have their fees paid for by this weekend or they will not take the water this weekend.
Hope to see you guys all out in the water this weekend as it should be another fun one.